Interview with Lotta Nygren-Bonnier

Interview Questions for Health Professionals // Q + As

Name: Lotta Nygren-Bonnier
Occupation: Massage- and Beauty Therapist

What is your educational background? 
12 years of basic school, 2 years of professional for Beauty- and Massage Therapist and various shorter educational courses.

How did you build your success/career to where you are now?
Through working with one client at a time. They´re spreading the word. Through different channels of working; in salons, travel groups, gyms etc.

What inspired you to become what you do?
 People feel happy when they feel good – relaxed or pretty or strong… and
I like to be able to give a little of that to whoever feels they need it

What does a typical day look for you at your job?
I work a bit with social media – Facebook/Instagram – go and give a couple of treatments – massage and or facials – always a wonderful experience with my clients, seeing them, listening to them and doing my best to give them a moment of relax and tranquility

What advice do you have for people aspiring for the same career as yours?
If you truly love working for the people, making a difference in their quality in life when it comes to their own health and self-awareness just go for it. Put your heart into it.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your job?
Still learning, always; we are all different, tensions, reason for stress, desire    to look good but not having the time or money or energy … How can I help you? Still learning…

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What are some goals for your job?
Doing the same

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
When I see I really have been a positive influence in somebody’s life – a moment in their life

Your health philosophy in one sentence?
Be kind to yourself

What are benefits people can achieve from a session of yours?
They can feel less tension and stress, both physical and mental. See and feel a difference of the hydration, small lines, elasticity of their facial skin. In general, feel more positive, relaxed and happy.

 

Tips to Make the Most of Spring to Improve your Life and get rid of irritability and frustration

Tips to Make the Most of Spring to Improve your Life and get rid of irritability and frustration.


Spring and Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

 

Spring is an excellent time to stop procrastinating and face the challenges that emerge from within our beings or in our day to day lives that can impede us from our spiritual evolution.

The Five Elements in Chinese Medicine Acupuncture are: Wood – Fire – Earth – Metal and Water.
They are manifestations of change in nature thus each stage is associated with a
particular time of the year, a time of the day, a pair of organs in the body, the different tastes, colours, etc.

Each element has its particular character and belong to one of the seasons of the year
Our goal is to harmonize ourselves with the prevailing season.
We are entering Spring that belong to the Wood Element which characteristics are
upward movement, expansion, creativity, vision, new beginnings, flowers bloom and there
is a sense of renewal all around. It is the ideal time for cleansing, rejuvenation and wellbeing.

The related organs are Liver and Gall Blader,
the Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body.
When the liver function smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout
the body also run smoothly, so move your Qi for optimum health by stretching,
exercising and doing more outdoor activities and using your creativity.

The Liver and the Gall Bladder are the primary organs for detox and cleansing, so do
you Spring cleaning at home and your body.
The color of the Wood Element is Green, so eat fresh food, leafy greens like kale,
spinach, sprouts, young plants, sour food like lemon and vinegar to improve the liver
functions and aid in the movement of Qi

The Liver with its function of smooth flow of energy or Qi is affected by the negative emotions such as
frustration, anger, resentment so that is why it is so important to use your creativity in new projects and outdoor activities so as to move stagnant energy that will help to move the Qi energy and get rid of irritability, despondence and frustration so to bring up the positive mental emotional attributes of this important Element which are Compassion, patience, acceptance, benevolence and honesty.

The acupuncture points in the body that resonate with spring have the power to harmonise us with this very powerful time of the year. They synchronise us with movement, positivity, determination, creativity and cleanliness that is proper to the Spring.
I offer a special detox treatment with acupuncture based on the Five Elements

Acupuncture, if you are interested and want to know more about it or
want to book an appointment please send me an email to
uby@bcnwellwoman.com or
WhatsAp at:  622 720 499
Uby Muñoz
Address: We are located Calle Casp 80, 1-3
on the corner of Casp and Bailen.
Barcelona, Spain,

Interview with Angela Sealy

 

 

Name: Angela Sealy  

Occupation: Yoga Instructor/Massage Therapist

1.     What is your educational background?
I received a BA in International Political Economy from Tulane University in 2008 and worked in international development for 5 years before fully transitioning over to yoga & massage full-time. I’ve been practicing yoga for over a decade and doing various massage trainings since 2011. In 2013, I became certified as a 350-hr Yoga Instructor and since then have completed trainings Therapeutic & Restorative Yoga. I’ve trained and assist teaching courses in Spain, Greece, France, Mexico and the US.

2.     How did you build your success/career to where you are now?
I work best with meeting people face-to-face so in the beginning, I went to many networking events throughout the city to recruit new clients. Overtime, business has become more stable which thankfully comes from recommendations by my clients and also thanks to the other therapist at Well Woman that recommend me to their patients.

3.     What inspired you to become what you do?
I’ve found an unwavering passion in both yoga and massage as a healing method for both myself and my clients. I continue to be amazed by the healing power of both as I continue to learn more thru workshops and trainings but also thru every encounter I have with my students/patients.

4.     What does a typical day look for you at your job?
Everyday is completely different which I love! But normally I do some planning/marketing work in the mornings or I might teach a private in someone’s home. In the afternoons, I might do a few massages or teach a group yoga class.

5.     What advice do you have for people aspiring for the same career as yours?
Take a leap of faith and do it! If you are passionate about what you do, you simply SHINE! Others are drawn to that shininess. But be patient, as Uby Muñoz, owner of Well Woman told me when I first started, because it takes time to make connections, build up your clientele and find your flow.

6.     What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your job?
That everyone is an individual and will receive and respond to treatments and therapies in very different ways, depending on whether they are open to that particular method. What could be the key to recovery for one person doesn’t work on another so it’s always good to be ready for that.

7.     Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What are some goals for your job?
I’m currently in the beginning stages of planning to open a retreat center outside of Barcelona that people can escape to for a long weekend or come and do a retreat surrounded by nature, healthy food and options to relax with different healing modalities. It would combine both my background in business and my love of yoga retreats.

8.     What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing the progress and transformation that takes place in my clients — from when they first try out Thai massage and leave blissfully relaxed to when a beginning yoga student tries a more difficult pose and gets after several tries and leaves feeling confident and strong.

9.     Your health philosophy in one sentence?
Tap into the flow of life….find balance, harmony, listening to your intuition, movement, breath, food as medicine and nature!
10.  What are benefits people can achieve from a session of yours?
Blissful relaxation and realignment of the body both energetically and physically. I love to work with anyone dealing with pain or recovering from an injury and how surprised they are to feel better after one session.
To know more about Angela Sealy click Here

The Truth Behind Natural Fertility

Catherine Garner Wellbeing Consultant #2The Truth Behind Natural Fertility

When I first started thinking about having a family with my partner a couple of years ago, I was 37 and naturally feeling a little anxious having been constantly reminded by well meaning friends, the medical world and society; don’t leave it too late.
My career over the years has been blended with the best of both healing worlds nursing and complementary healthcare modalities, so I like to think I have a pretty well rounded approach to my health when needed. I was wrong.
After some pretty quick success, I was pregnant! Great I thought. I continued taking my pregnancy supplements, a little exercise and continued with life.
At our second ultrasound, 11 weeks down the line, my world ended.
I like to think I have a good relationship with my body. It subtly tells me what I need and when I need it and also when something is not working.
Nothing prepared me for this. I felt completely betrayed. We were no longer friends.
Refusing the prescription for “helping complete the process” I went home in a state of confusion, despair and complete heartbreak.
2 Months after I was physically given the all clear, but emotionally I was still feeling “off”.
Months later, I was still experiencing both physical symptoms and emotional loss. Hormonal disruption is so tricky to live with because the balance is so finely connected to our emotions. Thoughts would appear which would leave me feeling, sad, anxious, panic, depressed, hopeful, and disappointed. I wasn’t moving on.
It actually felt guilty and dangerous to move on. So my body complied.
Month by month, I waited for a positive sign. Suddenly a year had passed.
I needed to get out of the loop.
As a natural health practitioner and passionate advocate for integrated health, I wanted to find a medical doctor who was compassionate and open to holistic and natural health, who I could work with one to one.
I didn’t find one.
What I did find was a very curt and rude female doctor who brought me to tears with her bleak expectations of my health and family wishes.
That appointment spurred me on to do my own goddamn research.
There are AMAZING women all over the world, having babies naturally, fixing their own bodies and taking charge of their own health – I was going to be one of them.
Armed with my blood results, I began my research.

Knowledge is your friend

To me the internet is the eighth wonder of the world.
Type in <natural health  – natural fertility – natural hormone balancing> and the world is your oyster for great information and an abundance of free resources.
Not only does it offer advice on how to interpret blood results it offers the “whys” and “ways” to fix the problem.
I started with looking at how to balance my hormones because without me being balanced, my body would not have the resources to start let alone maintain any pregnancy. Plus, it’s extremely exhausting to experience the highs and lows of swinging hormones.
I came across a brilliant book (and website, check it out!) called The Period Repair Manual by an Australian Naturopathic Doctor, Lara Briden.
This is a must read for any woman, regardless of whether you are looking to conceive or not.
She carefully explains the different hormones, their jobs, and the various ways an imbalance shows up in your health. More importantly she explains why and how to fix it with natural supplements, diet and lifestyle choices (cue joining the gym!).
Now I had my own personal diagnosis. I went shopping to stock up on the specific  natural supplements I needed and booked my first session in a programme of specialist fertility acupuncture.
Interestingly, even though I have been through medical training, I learned an enormous amount from her observations and experience: an important discovery was that our eggs take 90 to 100 days to mature, so this was the goal: to introduce and maintain a supportive diet and lifestyle to 100 days and beyond.

Next stop – emotional health.

Over the years, and often through necessity, I have discovered and trained in many different techniques to overcome and balance thoughts and emotions. Two of my favorites are Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
Both find ways to bring balance to mind, emotion and body. Both are very effective.
EFT in particular has helped me the most in regaining some centre and perspective when faced with disappointment, anxiety and grief as well as effectively processing trauma. When I first experienced EFT I was amazed at how quickly very intense emotions would gradually subside after only a few minutes. What I also love is that it’s so simple to use, anyone can do it at anytime, reducing any dependence on a health practitioner and the perfect go to tool when you’re feeling out of sorts.
EFT is a way to express and acknowledge all the worst feelings you have about a situation or yourself, in a safe and non-judgmental way. Combining this with acupressure tapping naturally heals the upset and more importantly reduces the emotional intensity you feel towards certain events and memories so that they no longer have a hold on your emotional wellbeing.
This combined approach has an extraordinarily positive effect on your body, interrupting the flight or fight response and reducing stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. It’s so effective that after a range of positive results were obtained in clinical trials in America (and around the world) they now use it to treat PTSD in war veterans among others.
It’s particularly important to minimise the production of these stress hormones as chronic stress as it not only impedes fertility but it also disrupts and inhibits digestion, reduces immunity, causes muscle and joint problems, increases heart problems and increases the risk of developing circulatory disease.
Nobody wants that.

The results

Well, after applying these changes for a couple of months I decided that a new batch of blood tests was required to see how my body was reacting to the new diet, healing modalities and lifestyle changes.
Positive. In fact, very positive. So much so that my new found Doctor had wondered what I had been doing. Excessive hormones had been lowered and deficient hormones had increased. Hormones to show fertility levels were now at excellent levels despite my age (It’s just a number!).
Integrating the best of both worlds, medical and complementary, has offered many solutions to regaining my health and wellbeing.
I feel much more empowered about my health and have developed a new and respectful relationship with my mind and body plus a strengthened inner confidence that whatever happens with my health in the future, I will be OK.
Good health and wellbeing is available to everyone.
We have the choices, we have the resources we just need to have the courage to make a change.
Be brave, you won’t regret it.

Catherine Garner  is a specialist mind-body Wellbeing Consultant helping women to regain and improve their fertility health and financial wellbeing, with EFT and NLP.

Weekly Restorative Yoga

Due to popular demand, Angela has decided to add a weekly Wednesday evening of Restorative yoga with Thai massage and live music. Restorative yoga invites opening and deep relaxation of the nervous system so the body can heal from within. During this time of slowing down, you will also be comforted by the use of props such as blankets and bolsters, sacred mantra, aromatherapy and best of all, therapeutic Thai massage.

All postures or asanas will be done either seated or lying down accompanied by some breathing techniques and a short meditation to end the class.

Please come renew, restore and feel rejuvenated. You will leave feeling luminous!

When: 19:30-21:00 (followed by complimentary tea if you can stay)

Dates: Every Wednesday of April
April 8th
April 15th
April 22th
April 29th

RSVP: Please RSVP in advance to angela@lilayogamassage.com if you are know you are joining since space is limited. See facebook page for this event.

Cost: 15€ or 40€ for all 4 events (cash only)

BABY BLUES CAFÉ September 26th

 

Baby Blues Barcelona presents:

BABY BLUES CAFÉ

 

 

 

 

For all mothers who are not enjoying the postpartum as they had expected

Come and meet other english-speaking mothers to share experiences. Babies are welcome. Suggested donation: 5 Euros.

SEPTEMBER 26th from 11.00-12.30

At the Well Woman Clinic Calle Casp 80, 1o, 1-3 Barcelona

For more information you can look at www.thebabyblues.org

or call Anna at 657183542 

 

 

psychological support during pregnancy and after delivery

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Summer from the point of view of Chinese Medicine

 In Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, Summer belongs to the element Fire, the season of sunshine, long days and Yang energy.  Heart, Pericardium and Small Intestine are the organs belonging to this element.  It is the more Yang energy of the all the seasons of the year, which means the season of moving outward in nature and in our lives as the mind and the spirit are ruled by the Fire element.

The heart is the seat of the mind and its main function is to pump oxigen-rich blood through the body.  Consciousness, joy, emotional well-being, joy, warmth and memory are attributes of the heart and fire element.  

When the fire element is balanced, the heart circulates the oxygenated blood and insures proper assimilation of the beginning of the breakdown of food in the small intestine. 

Emotionally if imbalanced, we may lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (maniac condition).  Exhaustion, heartburn, nervousness and insomnia are indicators of imbalances in this element.

 

Late Summer

The Five Elements Acupuncture include Late Summer, which is the time of harvest, of nurturing and preparation for autumn and winter.  It is the time of transformation between the seasons.  The days are starting to get shorter and we find ourselves a bit more serious than in summer.  Whether you are preparing for school or for a new business venture or simply going back to work after the holidays. 

Physically and spiritually, this period of late summer is a time for slowing down and gathering in. It is a time when we recognize and hold the fruits of our labor.

The Earth element is active at this time and the organs belonging to this element are Spleen and Stomach.  Someone with balanced earth energy is a well-grounded, nurturing, compassionate person, good mediators or peacemakers and reliable friends.

When the earth energy is imbalance they can be worriers, prone to pensiveness. They are vulnerable to digestive problems and diarrhea. They may gain weight easily and lose it with difficulty. Their bodies have a tendency to make excessive mucus, and they may suffer from cloudy thinking, muzzy-headedness, lack of clarity and need for sympathy.

The earth color is yellow, like the sun, and the ripened crops, and the root vegetables. Meditation is said to strengthen the earth element.

 

Foods to add for this season:

Organic lightly cooked vegetables, corn, celery, watercress, turnip, pumpkin, alfalfa sprouts, button mushrooms, radish, caper, brown rice, barley, amaranth, rye, oats,  legumes, kidney beans, adzuki beans, lentils, small amount of lean organic meat, poultry and fish, tuna, small amount of whole fruits, lemon, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, seaweed, kelgreen tea, jasmine tea, raspberry leaf tea

 

By Uby Muñoz

    Summer from the point of view of Chinese Medicine

     

    The element Fire

    In Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, Summer belongs to the element Fire, the season of sunshine, long days and Yang energy.  Heart, Pericardium and Small Intestine are the organs belonging to this element.  It is the more Yang energy of the all the seasons of the year, which means the season of moving outward in nature and in our lives as the mind and the spirit are ruled by the Fire element.

    The heart is the seat of the mind and its main function is to pump oxigen-rich blood through the body.  Consciousness, joy, emotional well-being, joy, warmth and memory are attributes of the heart and fire element.  

    When the fire element is balanced, the heart circulates the oxygenated blood and insures proper assimilation of the beginning of the breakdown of food in the small intestine. 

    Emotionally if imbalanced, we may lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (maniac condition).  Exhaustion, heartburn, nervousness and insomnia are indicators of imbalances in this element.

     

    Late Summer

    The Five Elements Acupuncture include Late Summer, which is the time of harvest, of nurturing and preparation for autumn and winter.  It is the time of transformation between the seasons.  The days are starting to get shorter and we find ourselves a bit more serious than in summer.  Whether you are preparing for school or for a new business venture or simply going back to work after the holidays. 

    Physically and spiritually, this period of late summer is a time for slowing down and gathering in. It is a time when we recognize and hold the fruits of our labor.

    The Earth element is active at this time and the organs belonging to this element are Spleen and Stomach.  Someone with balanced earth energy is a well-grounded, nurturing, compassionate person, good mediators or peacemakers and reliable friends.

    When the earth energy is imbalance they can be worriers, prone to pensiveness. They are vulnerable to digestive problems and diarrhea. They may gain weight easily and lose it with difficulty. Their bodies have a tendency to make excessive mucus, and they may suffer from cloudy thinking, muzzy-headedness, lack of clarity and need for sympathy.

    The earth color is yellow, like the sun, and the ripened crops, and the root vegetables. Meditation is said to strengthen the earth element. .

    Foods to add for this season: organic lightly cooked vegetables, corn, celery, watercress, turnip, pumpkin, alfalfa sprouts, button mushrooms, radish, caper brown rice, barley, amaranth, rye, oats  legumes, kidney beans, adzuki beans, lentils small amount of lean organic meat, poultry and fish, tuna small amount of whole fruits, lemon sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds seaweed, kelp green tea, jasmine tea, raspberry leaf tea  

    By Uby Muñoz

    Belly to baby and beyond – Antenatal course for a happier, healthy and holistic approach to birth

    Chinese Medicine’s View of Winter

    According to Five Elements Acupuncture Winter corresponds to the water element. its color is dark blue, time is night, the related organs are kidneys and bladder, the sense organ is ears and the emotion is fear.

    Winter is a time of rest, conservation of energy and hibernation in nature.  Unfortunately, in our fast-paced society those are luxuries many of us cannot afford.  That is why it is so important to follow the tenants of Chinese medicine for keeping our bodies strong and healthy during the coldest month of the year.

    Chinese medicine dictates that we should live in accordance with the season.  This implies eating properly, having regularly scheduled meals and allowing the body and spirit proper rest.

    Winter should be a time of quiet reflection. 

    The frigid and harsh winter tells us to "slow down".  The winter diet should consist of warm and nourishing foods. All our bodily functions, including our digestive systems function a reduced level during the winter to conserve energy.  Eating food that are easy to digest, such as steamed vegetables, soups and adding spices such as black pepper and ginger are winter appropriate choices.

    It is time to take preventive measures against sickness this time of year, such as receiving weekly acupuncture treatments and taking supplements to strengthen the immune system.

     

    Key words for the Water Element are fluidity and flow. 

    Any imbalance of your body/mind linked to fluid, such as dryness or thirst, excess or lack of perspiration, urination difficulties, feelings of being overwhelmed or tearful, lymphatic congestion, swelling and bloating, lack of sexual secretions, etc., demonstrate that the kidneys are not functioning as they should.  The kidneys nourish the brain and influence short term memory in everyday life.  When there is a decline in kidney energy as we grow older, the brain does not receive sufficient nourishment.  This can lead to memory loss.  Learning difficulties also manifest when kidney energy is low.  If marrow production is impaired in any way then it can lead to blood deficiency, blurred vision, hearing difficulties and tinnitus.  The lower back area is considered by TCM to be the "Palace of the Kidneys" and so a lack of energy may lead to low back pain and pains in the legs.

    The bladder is part of the Water Element so the blood and lymphatics also play a significant role as they are all systems that move fluid around the body.  Urinary function, perspiration, saliva and tears are all influenced by the Water Element.

    Dietary tips – Recommended foods for the Water Element:

    Kidney beans and peas, rice, millet, barley, onions, turnips, radish, pumpkin, beetroot, mushrooms, horseradish, dates, pork and sea vegetables.